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Commercial Growers 21 February 2024

Outdoor Blight Resistant Tomato Trial

Application deadline Thursday 21st of March The Seed Sovereignty Programme is pleased to announce a partnership with one of the UK’s top tomato breeders, Simon Crawford. Simon is the breeder of many modern tomato cultivars including the fully blight resistant ‘Crimson Crush’ F1. He has since developed two Open Pollinated lines using Crimson Crush F1 as one […]

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Ireland 20 February 2024

Handing over the baton as Coordinator for Ireland

Jason Horner reflects on his time as Seed Sovereignty Coordinator for Ireland sharing the lessons gifted and learned. The role will be in safe and familiar hands with Richie Walsh, previous Coordinator for Scotland, joining as our new Coordinator for Ireland. It seems like only the other day I was writing my first blogpost as […]

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19 February 2024

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Seed Matters 06 February 2024

Looking forward to Seed Week

As we enter into 2024, there is a growing sense of urgency for decisive change. Conflict, social unrest, climate breakdown and biodiversity collapse are all happening – now. So now is a time for radical transformation into a new regenerative future.   And that future starts with seed.  As the days become longer and signs of […]

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22 January 2024


Year-Long Seed Production Training Join us for our year-long seed production training for growers across the UK and Ireland. Hosted by the Gaia Foundation’s Seed Sovereignty Programme, this course will combine expert teaching with peer to peer knowledge exchange to build your skills as a seed grower. The course is designed to give you a […]

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North England 07 November 2023

Building a Seedarium!

Coordinator for Northern England Catherine Howell guides us through how to create a captivating and portable display for your seeds… One of the challenges with promoting seed sovereignty at public events is displays – seeds are very small and tables often very big and flat!  Creating an impact, and enticing people’s curiosity, can be challenging.  […]

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In the Media 09 October 2023

Growing Calls For Crop Diversity

Katie Hastings, Seed Sovereignty Coordinator for Wales, and Gerard Miles, both co-founders of Llafur Ni, feature in a new video from the Financial Times on the increasing need for crop diversity. The Financial Times (FT) investigates the downside of our drive for increased yields from monocultures suited to industrial farming. The devastation of diversity, from […]

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Community groups 25 August 2023

Creating Resilient Networks

Creating Resilient Networks:  A Guide to Setting up and Maintaining a Network  A case study from the Southwest Grain Network  A vital part of our work in building a resilient movement is exploring what essential elements are needed for groups, connections, and networks to last. All too often, groups experience growing pains or burn-out as they […]

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Commercial Growers 12 July 2023

Learn By Doing

Learning by doing and tuning in your intuition.  Jason Horner, Seed Sovereignty Coordinator for Ireland, reflects on the importance of hands-on experiential learning… The idea for this piece came about by way of a short conversation between some of the Seed Sovereignty team coordinators recently. We were talking about how we learn as growers, usually […]

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Community groups 20 June 2023

Join the Community Seed Forum Online

The Community Seed Forum is an online space for seed libraries, exchanges and hubs to meet and share their experiences, wins and challenges.  Meeting every second month via Zoom for just an hour of informal peer support, the Forum is open to anyone at any point on their community seed journey.  Some members represent well […]

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